Hooper Jr., businessman, dies at 63A memorial...

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October 01, 1991

G. C. Hooper Jr., businessman, dies at 63

A memorial service for Gilbert C. Hooper Jr., chairman of the board of a manufacturing company and a former restaurant owner, will be held at 4 p.m. tomorrow at the Second Presbyterian Church, 4200 St. Paul St.

Mr. Hooper, who was 63 and lived on Ruxlea Court in Ruxton, died Sunday of cancer at the Johns Hopkins Hospital.

In 1977, he purchased the Maryland Etching Co., now Technigraphics of Maryland Inc., which manufactures name plates, control panels and similar items.

He was a former president of the National Association of Metal Name Plate Manufacturers and also served several times on its board.

From 1953 until 1965, he was associated with his father in a chain of restaurants bearing the family name and a wholesale seafood business.

Born in Baltimore, he was a member of the family for which the Hooper Islands are named and was a 1946 graduate of the Gilman School.

He served in the Army in Korea before entering the University of Virginia in 1948. He played on the basketball team before his graduation in 1952 with a degree in economics.

Mr. Hooper worked for the Stouffer Corp. in Philadelphia before joining his father's business.

Surviving are his wife of nearly 40 years, the former Shirley Ann Poulson; three daughters, Holly Leachman of Bethesda, Laura Fisher of Baltimore and Michelle Hooper of Millers; a son, G. C. Hooper III of Baltimore; a brother, Jeffrey Dale Hooper of Dallas; and nine grandchildren.

The family suggested donations to the Stacey Ellen Hooper Memorial Scholarship Fund at St. Paul's School for Girls. The fund is named for a daughter who died in 1972.

Innes Comer Smith

Bank worker, volunteer

Graveside services for Innes Comer Smith, who lived in the Baltimore-Washington area for many years, will be held today at 11 a.m. at the Green Pond Cumberland Presbyterian Church Cemetery near Birmingham, Ala.

Mrs. Smith, who was 71, died Friday of emphysema at her home in Birmingham.

From 1947 until 1967, she lived at various times in Baltimore, Washington, Bethesda and Chevy Chase.

The former Innes Comer was born in Birmingham and attended Birmingham-Southern College. She graduated from Randolph-Macon Woman's College in Lynchburg, Va., in 1940.

She had worked at banks in Birmingham and the Washington area and held several jobs during World War II in New York City, where she was also a fashion model.

While in Baltimore, she was executive vice president of Logical Products Inc., which sold a form for doing genealogical research that she designed and patented. She was a member of St. David's Episcopal Church, the Perennial Garden Club and the Funcheon Club.

While in the Washington area, she belonged to All Saints Episcopal Church in Chevy Chase, the Homesteaders Garden Club, the Club of Colonial Dames and boards of the Junior League.

In both cities, she was a volunteer at the local Children's Hospital.

A member of the National Society of Colonial Dames of America in the State of Maryland, she also belonged to the National Society of the Daughters of the Barons of Runnymede, the Descendants of Lords of Maryland Manors and the Order of the Crown in America.

She was also a member of St. Mary's-on-Highlands Episcopal Church in Birmingham and the Kappa Delta sorority.

In addition to her husband, Edward S. Smith, a senior judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal District, her survivors include a daughter, Innes Cameron Richards of Gulf Breeze, Fla.; a son, Navy Lt. Cmdr. Edward S. Smith Jr. of Washington; and two granddaughters.

Vernon F. Stricklin

Retired executive

Services for Vernon F. Stricklin, retired executive assistant to the chairman of the board of the Baltimore Gas and Electric Co., will be held at 11 a.m. today at the Ruck Towson Funeral Home, 1050 York Road.

Mr. Stricklin, who was 67 and lived on Adcock Road in Lutherville, died Friday of cancer at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center.

He retired in 1987 after five years in the chairman's office, but had earlier served as director of public relations for the electric company. He had started his career there in 1948 in the customer relations department.

A native of Dillon, S.C., he came to the Baltimore area as a child with his family and was a graduate of Sparrows Point High School and Johns Hopkins University.

Mr. Stricklin served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II.

He is survived by his wife, the former Barbara B. MacHamer; two sons, Vernon F. Stricklin Jr. of Annapolis and Steven G. Stricklin of Dundalk; his stepfather, Frank J. Glenn of Dundalk; and a grandson.

The family suggested memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society. A Mass of Christian burial for Michael C. Mandella, a retired cinematographer for the Applied Physics Laboratory of the Johns Hopkins University, will be offered today at 9 a.m. at Holy Family Roman Catholic Church, 9533 Liberty Road, Randallstown.

Mr. Mandella, who was 59 and lived on Turnbull Road in Randallstown, died Friday of cancer at the Johns Hopkins Hospital.

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